Definition of digression
1 : the act or an instance of leaving the main subject in an extended written or verbal expression of thought : the act or an instance of digressing in a discourse or other usually organized literary work Every place Hamilton, his parents, or his wife visited over a century's time is described at length; everyone he met merits at least a minor biographical digression. — Willard Sterne Randall
2 archaic : a going aside
digressionalplay \-ˈgresh-nəl, -ə-nəl\ adjective
digressionaryplay \-ˈgre-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective
Examples of digression in a Sentence
the professor's frequent and extended digressions are the stuff of campus legend
Recent Examples of digression from the Web
In his limited time, Mr. Smith finds room for informative digressions on the biology of lead poisoning, the history of water delivery and the 2001-10 contamination of the Washington, D.C., water system that presaged the Flint disaster.
Djam takes pity on her and the pair become uneasy traveling companions, setting off on an eventful road trip back into Greece full of wild digressions, chance encounters and musical interludes.
F’rinstance, today Scribs accompanies a ninja-zombie digression with an acapella theme song.
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Origin and Etymology of digression
First Known Use: 14th century
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